The High Line

The High Line was an elevated rail line from 34th Street to Spring Street that opened in 1934. It was part of Robert Moses' West Side Improvement, a massive 13-mile-long project that eliminated 105 street/railroad crossings and almost completely rebuilt Riverside Park. The supersession of railroads by trucking for bringing freight into Manhattan slowly reduced the use of the High Line until it was abandoned in 1980.

Although area property owners almost immediately began lobbying for demolition of the structure, activists challenged demolition in court and began advocating for preservation of the structure as a public open space similar to Paris' Promenade plantee. In 2005, the structure was slated for railbanking and CSX donated the line to the city. Construction began the following year.

I happened to be on a tour of development sites on the West Side with a political economy class from Hunter College when the southern section of the new park opened to the public in June 2009. I returned in August of 2010 just prior to leaving New York City, and it was especially interesting to note the effects of the maturation of the vegetation on the park experience.

The High Line park design was created by a team that included James Corner Field Operations, a landscape architecture firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an architecture firm, along with additional designers.

The West Side just south of 14th Street used to be home to a large collection of meat packing establishments. Although some remained to give the area an artificial industrial flavor, the meat packing district became dominated by expensive places for beautiful people to socialize.

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High Line running east along 30th street around the railyard
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Truncated siding, 30th Street @ 10th Ave
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Old vs New, 28th Street @ 10th Ave
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Potential redevelopment, 28th Street @ 10th Ave
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High Line over 28th St
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High Line at 26th Street
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Passing through a warehouse at 26th St
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Legacy buildings on 10th Ave south of 25th St
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Old vs New, 25th St
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245 Tenth Ave @ 25th St
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High Line north of 23rd Street
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High Line south of 23rd Street
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High Line @ 23rd St
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New cantilevered construction @ 23rd St
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23rd Street park exit
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21st Street - Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church
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Parking under the High Line at 21st Street
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456 West 19th St
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High Line crossing 10th Ave @ 17th St
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10th Avenue Square @ 17th St
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10th Avenue Square @ 17th St
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450 West 14th St
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High line passing through the base of 450 West 14th St
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Sidings crossing 10th Ave at 15th St
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Liberty Inn, 51 10th Ave @ 14th St
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Pier of The Standard
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Plaza, Washington Street @ 13th St
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Gansevoort Stair
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Gansevoort Stair
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Gansevoort Stair
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Gansevoort Stair
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The Standard, btw 12th and 13th Sts
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Washington Grasslands, High Line btw 12th and 13th Sts
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Washington Grasslands
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Washington Grasslands
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Comely photographer
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High Line over 13th St
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High Line over 13th St
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Washington Street viewed from the High Line
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450 West 14th
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450 West 14th
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Photography
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High Line passing through warehouse btw 15th and 16th Sts
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High Line passing through warehouse btw 15th and 16th Sts
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High Line north of 16th St
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High Line north of 16th St
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High Line north of 16th St
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16th Street looking east
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Sunset at 16th St
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Cleared lot at 16th Street awaiting economic rebound
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Liberty Inn, 51 10th Ave @ 14th St
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Spur north of 16th St
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High Line north of 16th St
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10th Avenue Square
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10th Avenue Square
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High Line between 17th and 18th Sts
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High Line north of 18th St
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10th Ave @ 18th St
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Buildings on 19th St
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456 West 19th St
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High Line north of 19th St
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End of completed park at 20th St
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End of completed park at 20th St
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High Line Looking south from 20th St
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People on fire escape, 20th St
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Map of next phase
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Art
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Section 2 under construction
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Section 2 map
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Exit stairway
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Washington St
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Walmir Meat, Inc, 839 Washington St.
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Washington Street @ Little West 12th St
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Meat wholesalers on Little West 12th St
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Meat packing district
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Meat packing district
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Meat packing district
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Meat packing district
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Meat packing district
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Meat packing district
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Meat packing district
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Meat packing district
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Plaza, Washington Street @ 13th St
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Plaza, Washington Street @ 13th St
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Meat packing district
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Meat packing district
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Meat packing district
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Meat packing district
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Meat packing district

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